Abandoned vehicles and goods
  • Last updated:
  • 02 Jul 2021

Council will investigate reports of abandoned vehicles and goods by making reasonable enquiries. Council may check:

  • the vehicle and goods condition
  • location of vehicles and goods
  • potential ownership
  • any registration.

Goods may include camping gear, tent, furniture or a vessel. 

Council will try to find the vehicle or goods owner and have them remove it from council land. If we can't locate the owner, a notice will be placed on the vehicle or goods advising that it will be removed by a certain date. We may tow a vehicle immediately if it is a danger to public safety.

If an abandoned vehicle or good is not removed by the date on the notice, council will impound the vehicle or good.

If the vehicle or goods are not claimed within one month of being impounded, we will advertise it for 14 days. It will then be disposed of by public auction. Council may dispose of vehicles or goods of no value (e.g. damaged, missing parts or not roadworthy) without going to auction.

Unregistered vehicles not stored on private property are considered abandoned.

Reporting an abandoned vehicle

If you spot an abandoned vehicle, you can email Customer Service. Please include:

  • vehicle description including colour, make, model and registration number (where possible)
  • specific location to help locate the vehicle.

Note: abandoned vehicles on main or State controlled roads are managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Refer to the list of State controlled roads in the Sunshine Coast region[227KB].

Impounded vehicles or goods

Owners who would like to collect impounded vehicles or goods must:

  • do so within one month of impounding
  • complete the application form[238KB] (as required under state government laws)
  • send proof of ownership and photo identification (drivers licence, 18+ card or passport) which has been verified by a Justice of the Peace via email. Or you can bring proof of ownership and photo identification to a council customer service centre.

On receipt of proof of ownership and photo identification council will contact you to pay the release fees and any other applicable charges. You will also need to provide release paperwork so that you can collect your vehicle or goods.

Date impounded Make  Model Colour Registration  Location when impounded Reference number 
16/12/2020 Trailer   Grey   Akeringa Plc, MOOLOOLABA  IV2000940
24/02/2021 Peugeot    Grey   Sylvan St, BUDERIM IV2100123
18/03/2021 Holden  Viva Bronze   Varsityview Ct, SIPPY DOWNS IV2100145
01/04/2021 Toyota  Rav 4 Silver WPZ065 Edward St, POINT ARKWRIGHT IV2100214
07/04/2021 Mazda  CX 5 White   Plover Pde, CALOUNDRA IV2100283
14/04/2021 Holden  Captiva Blue 285XUN Esplanade Bulcock Beach  CALOUNDRA IV2100246
15/04/2021 Trailer (frame)    White   Jensen Park, Esplanade, GOLDEN BEACH IV2100260
30/04/2021 Honda  Accord Grey AT94FD Emerson St, BARINGA IV2100281
04/05/2021 Trailer    Grey   Shires Rd, WOOMBYE IV2100330
11/05/2021 Holden  Astra Bronze  012RQZ Bunya St, MALENY IV2100343
13/05/2021 Hyundai  Tuscon Grey 147AB5 Roderick St, MOFFAT BEACH IV2100299
13/05/2021  Trailer   Green 407UGW Margaret St, COOLUM BEACH IV2100323
25/05/2021 Nissan    White 998ZZG Goonawarra Dr, MOOLOOLABA  IV2100359
31/05/2021 Kia    White 289HXG Wishart Cres, BARINGA IV2100382
03/06/2021 Holden  Astra Grey
Jorl Ct, BUDERIM IV2100402
07/06/2021 Toyota  Camry White 024ZJA Mandara Dr, WURTULLA IV2100411
09/06/2021  Hyundai  Getz Blue   Parkville St, SIPPY DOWNS  IV2100403
09/06/2021 Toyota  Echo Blue 203IDY Marakari Crs, MOUNT COOLUM IV2100419
09/06/2021 Holden Commodore Bronze  583XUZ Warrina Ct MOOLOOLABA IV2100416
10/06/2021 Kia Rio Grey 673KXX Nixon Lane, BARINGA IV2100424
21/06/2021  Holden Captive Bronze   Commerce Ave, WARANA IV2100445
22/06/2021 Holden Rodeo White  866VLM Varsityview Ct, SIPPY DOWNS IV2100469
22/06/2021 Hyundai   Silver 372HAP Mandin St, ALEXANDRA HEADLAND IV2100461
24/06/2021    Van White CV83SU  Kurrajong Cres, MERIDAN PLAINS IV2100475 
 05/07/2021 Trailer   Silver   Allamanda Ave, LITTLE MOUNTAIN IV2100506
 12/07/2021 Nissan Xtrail Maroon 650AH8 Kayleigh Dr, BUDERIM IV2100516
 14/07/2021 Mercedes   Black   Messines Rd, AROONA IC2100533

Date impounded Item description Address impounded Reference number
 04/05/2021  2 x Kayaks (1 Red, 1 Pink) Esplanade Golden Beach Access 319 GOOD IMP21/0019
 06/05/2021  1 x Tinny
Shelley Beach
GOOD IMP21/0020 
 23/06/2021  3 x White & Blue A-frame signs Half Moon Bay Point Cartwright GOOD IMP21/0029


Sunshine Coast Council abandoned vehicle auctions have moved to an online auction platform. Slattery Auctions will run regular auctions for all abandoned vehicles and unclaimed impounded items.

These auctions will occur on a regular basis and are open to everyone. Online bidding will be available for all items.

Terms and conditions

  • Auctions are held online at Slattery Auctions website.
  • Images are available on Slattery's Sunshine Coast Council auction page prior to auction.
  • Full payment is required on the day of the auction (EFTPOS accepted).
  • Items are sold 'as is' and must be collected on the Wednesday following the auction between 9am–4pm from Nambour. Additional storage costs will be charged on items not collected on this day.
  • Council reserves the right to withdraw any vehicle advertised before the auction.